Book , Print in English

The prize : who's in charge of America's schools?

Dale Russakoff.
  • Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
  • 246 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects
Summary
  • "Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Christie, and Cory Booker were ready to reform our failing schools. They got an education. When Mark Zuckerberg announced in front of a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark Schools -- and to solve the education crisis in every city in America -- it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved -- Newark's key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system. It's a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark's students. Expert journalist Dale Russakoff delivers a story of high ideals and hubris, good intentions and greed, celebrity and street smarts -- as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents, and bewildered students. The growth of charters forces the hand of Newark's superintendent Cami Anderson, who closes, consolidates, or redesigns more than a third of the city's schools -- a scenario on the horizon for many urban districts across America. Most moving are Russakoff's portraits from inside the district's schools, of home-grown principals and teachers, long stuck in a hopeless system -- and often the only real hope for the children of Newark. The Prize is a portrait of a titanic struggle over the future of education for the poorest kids, and a cautionary tale for those who care about the shape of America's schools. "--
Contents
  • note: 1. Pact
  • 2. Seduction in Sun Valley
  • 3. View from Avon Avenue
  • 4. Engaging the Community
  • 5. Rise of the Anti-Booker Candidacy
  • 6. Searching for Newark's Superman
  • 7. Hi, I'm Cami
  • 8. District School, Charter School
  • 9. Transformational Change Meets the Political Sausage Factory
  • 10. Alif Rising
  • 11. Leading Men Move On
  • 12. One Newark, Whose Newark?.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • OCLC
ISBN
  • 9780547840055 (hardback)
  • 0547840055 (hardback)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2015017454
  • OCLC: 915774457
  • OCLC: 915774457